Shortly after the Kano State Assembly passed the Executive Bill for the creation of four new emirates in the state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano has signed the bill into law.
Governor Ganduje signed the bill on Thursday at the Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano. The law has paved way for the creation of four new emirates namely Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye.
After signing the bill, Ganduje said, “After successfully passing the Bill by the House, here we are, as you are all witnessing the singing of the Bill into a Law. And our Emirates have come to stay.”
According to the governor, all things pertaining to the new emirates were done to bring development closer to the people.
The governor explained that the previous law which, was challenged in the court was sponsored by private hands, not his Government.
The governor said, it was out of respect, though not satisfied with that, the state decided to come to a term to the need for sponsoring another Bill by the Executive, “…just as we did now,” he stated.
“As a law abiding administration, we came and deliberated upon that at the State Executive Council, after which we sent the Bill to the State House of Assembly, seeking for the creation of 4 additional Emirates, namely Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye,” he said.
The new law provides that there will be individual Emirate Council in all the now 5 Emirates. And membership of the Councils is drawn from the Emir, who heads the Council of his own domain, Imam from the Emirate, representative of business community, and other identified group of people from there.
At the state level, there is going to be a Central Council of Emirs that will consist all the five Emirs in the state as well as representatives of other identified groups of people. The new system is more of injecting some semblance of people participation in their socio-economic development through the traditional institutions.
While the Chairman of the Central Council of Emirs will be appointed by the governor, who will chair the Council for two years, it is again the prerogative of the Governor to make sure that the Chairmanship goes round all the 5 Emirates.
Another action that attracts sanction from the provision of the new Law, is that, if an Emir disrespects the norms and values of his people, where such an Emir’s action goes against the culture and tradition of his people, he would face the music.
Ganduje warns “Any Emir or any traditional ruler who goes against the provision of this Law, such a person will definitely face the music. He will surely be punished without any wasting of time.”
He, therefore, called on all those District Heads who refuse to pay homage to their Emirs to dress up, warning that “If you refuse to pay homage because you then prepare for being dethroned.”
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